The Engineering, Construction and Public Works Division co-ordinates and manages:

  • the maintenance, rehabilitation and development of the City’s road and related infrastructure, sidewalks, conveyance sewer system and stormwater management facilities;
  • inspection review of development construction activities;
  • the City’s streetlight infrastructure;
  • repair and maintenance services seven days a week on a 24-hour basis for the City's fleet of vehicles and equipment;
  • Winter control for roads, sidewalks and certain trails - depending upon storm conditions, 18 plow routes, two graders, nine sidewalk plow routes and several loaders may be simultaneously deployed for winter control activities.


Engineering and construction

Information and condition of infrastructure assets is collected and used as input to the capital program development. Work of this nature is ongoing, allowing staff to utilize the information to create proactive maintenance programs necessary to minimize life cycle costs of the sewer and road systems. 

Through the Capital Asset Management Plan (CAMP) approach, the coordination of capital projects allows the City's infrastructure renewal process to make the best use of capital dollars. 

The next phase of the streetlight LED switch over program will evaluate the City's decorative fixtures to determine best method of retrofitting these fixtures to LED. 

Staff in the division deliver the City's engineering related capital program through in-house design and contract administration as well as the management of consulting engineers working at various stages of project planning and construction.

Fleet services (Public Works)

An overhead rate is charged on labour expended for the repair and maintenance of vehicles and equipment for all client groups. This rate is set to achieve the full recovery of Fleet Administration costs. 

The procurement of all Infrastructure & Planning vehicles and/or equipment is undertaken within this activity and assistance is
provided to those client groups. 

June of 2021 saw the end of maintenance service for Hydro 1 fleet units (41 units).

Winter control (Public Works)
The 2022 Budget allows for continued Winter Trail maintenance of all hard surfaced trails and multi-use paths and bike lanes. The 2022 snow clearing level of service will be the same as the 2021 level of service for the Downtown and Village BIA areas. The 2022 budget includes an increase for winter material costs in order to achieve a balance with market increases to winter material supply and delivery. In 2021, there was the introduction of brine application with winter control activities. In 2022, there will be the full roll out and use of the brine technology and there should be some reduction to overall road salt usage.
Parks and Forestry (Public Works)

The 2022 horticulture program is proposed to add one garden (DBIA/GreenUp DePave Area) as an increase to the 2021 level of 
service. The 2022 year will see the continuation of the Emerald Ash Borer management program. 

In 2022, the five-year contract for the Goose Control program will be in year five and continue for the shores of Little Lake and Del Crary Park.

Surface services (Public Works)

Repairs to pavement surfaces are provided in accordance with Ontario Regulation 239/02 (Minimum Maintenance Standards). Roadway shoulders are graded twice each year (spring/fall). Shoulder washouts are repaired on an ongoing basis. To control dust, calcium chloride is applied to select shoulders and unpaved roads in early summer. 

Street sweeping is undertaken on an regular basis to provide cleanliness and remove dirt and debris from gutters, affecting drainage. This maintenance function also protects storm water quality by removing debris prior to it entering the storm water or surface water systems. 

Minimum maintenance standards for the Province regulate annual inspection of sidewalks for compliance along with remedial actions to respond to deficiencies. Minor repairs to bridges are provided on an emergency basis and the cleaning of bridge expansion joints, drains, seats and structural components are provided each spring. 

Guard rails along the right-of-way, at approaches to bridges, adjacent to creeks, along roadway curves and at areas of significant elevation change, are repaired on an ongoing basis as needed. Handrails, to assist pedestrian access, are repaired on an
ongoing basis as required. 

Much of the surface drainage work is done in response to emergencies along with minor maintenance related to roadside drainage swales and ditches.

This activity also includes the contract payments to the DBIA of $114,500 per year. These funds provide for litter collection, general cleaning on a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week basis, and the watering of hanging flower baskets, etc. 

For 2022, the sidewalk washing schedule will remain the same as in previous years for the DBIA (on a weekly cycle). Street sweeping is done three times each week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, from May to October.

Underground services (Public Works)
Costs associated with blockages in private sewers, and new sewer connections, are administered on a 100% recovery basis. All costs incurred in the repair and/or maintenance of the City’s storm and sanitary sewer system are funded from the Sewer Surcharge applied to the water rate or directly from Sewer Repair Capital charged back to the Infrastructure Management Division.
Yard administration (Public Works)

Public Works provides operational services seven days a week, on a 24-hour basis. Emergency responses or repairs are provided as needed. 

Services are provided to a wide internal client group including: Transit, Traffic, Parking, Waste Management,  Engineering, Construction and Public Works, and Facilities Management. 

Construction and maintenance activities on the municipal Right of Way are provided for outside clients including Peterborough
Utilities Services Incorporated, Cogeco, Bell and others. Operation and maintenance activities for the client group are recovered at 100% of the cost.

Maintained infrastructure statistics
Type of infrastructure201920202021 (forecast)
Lane kilometres of road 968 969 978
Kilometres of sidewalk 400 402 404
Number of vehicle bridges 27 27 27
Pedestrian bridges 21 21 21
Kilometres of sanitary sewers 397 398 401
Kilometres of storm sewers 355 356 361
Hectares of park land 365 365 365
Kilometres of trails maintained 39 39 39
Kilometres of bike lanes  n/a 34 34
Parks and forestry statistics
Category20192020 2021 (forecast)
Number of flower beds 66 66 67
Number of bulbs and annuals planted 27,000 27,000 27,000
Hanging floral baskets and DBIA planters 130 130 130
Softball/baseball diamonds 52 52 52
Soccer fields 32 32 32
Tennis/basketball courts 42 42 42
Buildings/bunkers 28 28 28
Wading pools 4 4 4
Playground equipment locations 58 59 59
Neighbourhood rinks 18 19 19
Splash pads 5 5 5
Replacement tree planting 450 450 450

2022 Overview

Engineering and Construction
Description2022 recommended
Expenditures $3,471,291
Revenues $1,948,689
Net requirement $1,522,601


Public Works - Yard Administration
Description2022 recommended
Expenditures $847,077
Revenues $847,077
Net requirement $0
Parks and Forestry
Description2022 recommended
Expenditures $4,091,638
Revenues $39,000
Net requirement $4,052,638
Winter control maintenance
Description2022 recommended
Expenditures $4,341,472
Revenues $0
Net requirement $4,341,472
Underground Services
Description2022 recommended
Expenditures $456,588
Revenues $456,588
Net requirement $0
Surface Services
Description2022 recommended
Expenditures $2,485,750
Revenues $0
Net requirement $2,485,750
Public Works - Fleet
Description2022 recommended
Expenditures $350,000
Revenues $350,000
Net requirement $0